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Cork Airport Goes 'Green' For St. Patrick's Day

11 March 2013

The Green Celebrations Continue As Extra Flight Is Added For Cheltenham Festival Revellers

Cork Airport, one of the leading supporters of The Gathering 2013, has announced it will get fully behind this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Festivities by bathing the Terminal in green light for this week’s celebrations!

As well as raising awareness for The Gathering celebrations, the ‘greening’ of Cork Airport this year marks the seventh successive year that the Airport has sponsored the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cork City.

As part of this year’s celebrations, Cork Airport will join a long list of famous buildings and sites around the world which will undertake a green transformation as part of Tourism Ireland’s ‘Greening Season’. Earlier this month, Tourism Ireland announced details of some of the famous attractions and sites around the world which will go green this year to mark St Patrick’s Day, kicking off the organisation’s major first half promotional drive to grow overseas tourism in 2013. In a major coup for Irish tourism, an ancient wonder of the world – the Pyramids of Giza – and a modern wonder of the world – the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil – are set to go green for the first time ever on St Patrick’s Day 2013. They will join a host of other major landmarks and iconic sites around the world in Tourism Ireland’s annual ‘global greening’ initiative.

Niall MacCarthy, Airport Director, Cork Airport said: “We’re particularly excited about this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival, given that it coincides with The Gathering 2013. To mark our country’s national day, we are planning to transform the Airport Terminal and the surrounding areas into a sea of green light. We will be using special green  lights on the external façade of the terminal, as well as projecting green light on the car park gable and the interior windows. The Gathering logo will be displayed by projectors across the terminal roof. We would be thrilled to see members of the public visiting the Airport this week to see the results of this once off ‘green transformation’. Just a tip though, it will be best seen at night!”

As well as the ‘greening’ of the terminal, Cork Airport is making final preparations for a week long ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ to passengers and visiting tourists in the days leading up to 17th March including Irish dancing performances by Attridge Academy and the Cowhie Ryan School, as well as a recital by local flute quartet, The Fluteenys.

Meanwhile, Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, has announced that it will add an extra flight to Bristol from Cork Airport on March 16th to meet demand for passengers flying to this week’s hugely popular Cheltenham Festival. This is in addition to the twice daily return flights to Birmingham from Cork Airport. In addition, schedule times have been adjusted to allow for a day return for Cork based race goers.

So it all adds up to a fitting celebration of the National day in the year of the Gathering at Cork Airport!


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